Stockton JSNA


Autism

What is the level of need in the population?

Prevalence studies of autism indicate that 1.1% of the population in the UK may have autism. Applying this to Stockton’s population, one would expect to find about 2,150 people with an autistic spectrum disorder.

Stockton’s Autism self-assessment 2015 identified 101 adults with autism.

In Stockton-on-Tees there are estimated to be about 1,175 adults aged 18-64 years with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) (PANSI).  In addition, about 360 children with autism are known to schools, a similar rate to England and in the middle of rates observed in similar areas.

Children with autism known to schools, 2014

However, the National Autistic Society states that estimates of the proportion of people with ASD who have a learning disability vary considerably, and it is not possible to give an accurate figure.  Some very able people with ASD may never come to the attention of services as having special needs, because they have strategies to overcome any difficulties with communication and social interaction and found fulfilling employment that suits their particular talents.  Other people with ASD may be intellectually able, but need support from services, because the degree of social interaction impairment they have hampers their chances of employment and achieving independence. 

The Tees Autism Strategy Development Group (ASDG) had developed a regional action plan.  Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has developed an action plan (linked to the Teeswide action plan) which identifies the needs of people with ASD and determines projected care and support needs of young people moving to adult services (Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, 2011).

The Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (RIEP) and Tees commissioners have supported the development of an ASD strategy which is currently being scoped by the MAIN Project (a local voluntary organisation providing advice, support and services to people with ASD) with support from the National Autistic Society.

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